Charleston Wine + Food Returns to the Holy City

Are you ready for Charleston Wine + Food? This five-day celebration of food, wine, and entertainment returns to the Lowcountry this year from March 2 through March 6, adding to the Holy City’s reputation as a culinary destination and allowing locals and visitors alike to enjoy an array of restaurants and more than 100 live events.

If you’re looking for one of the best ways to indulge in all the 250 or so participating eateries, we have you covered. Take advantage of the event’s longstanding relationship with OpenTable, the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations, according to Alyssa Smith, the organization’s Marketing + Communications Director.

“Reservations and in-restaurant dining are great ways to experience the local food and beverage scene, while directly supporting the industry,” Smith points out. “After the hard hits that the COVID-19 pandemic imposed on this industry, we’re excited for people to experience and celebrate Charleston and the bites, sips, and hospitality that makes it so special.”

Charleston Wine + Food has attracted more than 335,000 visitors and pumped more than $112.2 million into the local economy since its inception in 2005. After the 2021 version of the event was canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic, Smith says between 28,000 and 30,000 attendees are expected this year. In addition to the food and wine aspects of the festival, visitors and locals alike can enjoy several entertainment options that are available for the first time.

For example, all guests, even those without tickets, are welcome to partake of food and drink at The Pavilion @ Culinary Village at the City of North Charleston’s Riverfront Park. There, you can find a variety of for-purchase food trucks from 10:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., Friday, March 4 through Sunday, March 6.

Also, new this year is Charleston Wine + Food’s first-ever family-friendly outdoor movie. Flick at Nite will be hosted in Hampton Park with free popcorn and water, and for purchase food trucks on hand. In addition, a two-night concert series—NightCap—featuring Friday headliner Lake Street Dive, and Saturday co-headliners St. Paul & The Broken Bones, and Tank and The Bangas is planned for the Music Stage at the Culinary Village. Restaurants from throughout the Lowcountry are putting their best plates forward for Charleston Wine + Food, from Summerville to the beloved sea islands of Isle of Palms, James Island, Kiawah, Sullivan’s, and beyond. North Charleston, Johns Island, Mount Pleasant, and Daniel Island are also participating in this year’s event!

“That’s a great sampling locally, and restaurants featured also are located throughout the Southeast and beyond,” Smith says. “It’s a great way to do some ‘culinary travel’ in one fun spot.”

So why is Charleston Wine + Food such an important event for Charleston and the entire Lowcountry? Why do people show up by the tens of thousands to connect with the people who helped create the environment for Charleston to grow into a center of culinary excellence?

“Charleston Wine + Food shines a spotlight on the culinary traditions of the Lowcountry and broader South,” Smith says. “We also showcase emerging and established talent in ways that allow them to connect and grow. We’re laser-focused on delivering a fun and memorable experience for everybody involved: guests, volunteers, vendors, and our talent.”

Learn more about Charleston Wine + Food and purchase event tickets by visiting charlestonwineandfood.com.